Join Date: Jun 2011
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Indonesia is a great spot with many different cultures. Spend as long as your visa ( 60 days) will permit. Check out the Komodo dragons for sure. Good diving here as well for large manta rays. Lombok and Bali for sure. One of the highlights for us was sailing up to Indonesian Borneo up the Kumai river and traveling by small boat up to Camp Leakey the Oranagutuan rehabilitation center deep in the rainforest. North side of Java will be better for wind and more anchorage choices. That's a lot of miles to cover in a short time and you will be missing great cruising in Malaysia and Thailand. Why not slow down a bit? Lot's of good stories about Chagos, hardest part is dealing with the British bueracracy in getting your permit....I think they only allow 1 month. Our friends now in richards Bay. They loved madagascar, and then made landfall in Mozambique before sailing on to richards bay. Think you will have a tougher sail trying to get directly to Durban. Not a whole lot of places to stop mid Mid Indian Ocean. most are stopping in maldives, Chagos, Mauritus, Madagascar then on to either Mozambique or Richards Bay.
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